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Union maps brew bailout

Darjeeling, Nov. 22: Worried about the slipping fortunes of the tea industry — the backbone of the hill economy — the All Gorkha Students’ Union has pitched in to arrest the slide.

The union has recommended “remedial measures” to Central minister for commerce and industry Arun Shourie.

“The tea industry is responsible for the welfare of around 55,000 permanent workers in the hills. Another 35,000 are engaged during plucking. If the present situation continues, most gardens will close down,” said union chief Roshan Guri.

In its recommendations, the union has urged the Centre to fix a minimum floor price for Darjeeling tea, the selling price of which is now Rs 34.60 less than the production cost for a kg.

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